Moore, Charles, 1855-1942

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Charles Henry Moore (b. 1859) was the son of William James Moore, who had emigrated from Copiah County, Mississippi, to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1844. Moore was raised in Anderson County.

From the description of Moore, Charles H., Reminiscences, 1932-1933 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 755804035

Moore was chairman of the National Commission of Fine Arts (1915-1937), served as overseer at Harvard University, and was author of works about George Washington.

From the description of Letters to Dora Neill Raymond, 1923-1942. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468731

From the guide to the Letters to Dora Neill Raymond, 1923-1942., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Chairman of the National Commission on Fine Arts.

From the description of Charles Moore papers, 1889-1940. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419096

Author and art historian.

From the description of Papers of Charles Moore, 1858-1944 (bulk 1900-1937). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449458

Museum director; Detroit, Michigan.

Directed Detroit Museum of Art 1914-1917. Later name changed to Detroit Institute of Arts.

From the description of Charles Moore papers, 1914-1917. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122396981

Biographical Note

  • 1855, Oct. 20: Born, Ypsilanti, Mich.
  • 1878: A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1890: Ph.D., George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1878 - 1895 : Newspaper work in Detroit, Mich., and Washington, D.C
  • 1889 - 1903 : Political secretary to Senator James McMillan of Michigan
  • 1910 - 1937 : Member, National Commission of Fine Arts (chairman, 1915-1937)
  • 1918 - 1927 : Acting chief, Division of Manuscripts, Library of Congress
  • 1921: Published Daniel H. Burnham: Architect, Planner of Cities. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 2 vols.
  • 1926: Published The Family Life of George Washington. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
  • 1929: Published The Life and Times of Charles Follen McKim. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
  • 1942, Sept. 25: Died, Gig Harbor, Wash.

From the guide to the Charles Moore Papers, 1848-1944, (bulk 1900-1937), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Charles Moore was October 20, 1855 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was educated at Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard College, graduating in 1878. Returning to Michigan, he became a newspaper reporter in Ypsilanti and Detroit. In 1888, Moore left journalism to become political secretary to Michigan senator James McMillan. When McMillan became chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee of the District of Columbia, Moore was appointed clerk to the committee. Upon Moore's urging McMillan worked for passage of legislation creating a Senate Park Commission, established in 1901, to plan for the future development of Washington. As secretary of this commission, Moore worked with, and accompanied on tours, such architectural luminaries as Daniel H. Burnham and Charles F. McKim. Moore's service was invaluable in providing assistance to the Commission in preparing the needed legislation providing for the creation of a formal mall between the Capitol and the Potomac River.

With this work accomplished, Moore returned to Detroit in 1903 where he worked in different corporate settings. In 1910, Moore was appointed to the Fine Arts Commission which was charged with the responsibility of determining the suitability of proposed monuments, statues, and public buildings in Washington. He was chairman of this commission from 1915 to 1937.

Retiring from the business world in 1914, Moore devoted himself to public service and to the study of history and the writing of biographies of Burnham and McKim. He died September 25, 1942.

From the guide to the Charles Moore papers, 1901-1940, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Osborne, Katherine G., d. 1943. Katherine G. Osborne papers, 1874-1942. Northeastern University, Snell Library
referencedIn French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931. Daniel Chester French papers, circa 1848-1968 (bulk 1911-1945). Library of Congress
referencedIn Literary Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.). Records of the Literary Society of Washington, Washington, D.C., 1873-1987. Library of Congress
creatorOf Records of the Commission of Fine Arts. 1787 - 1997. Papers of and Relating to Charles Moore
referencedIn Arthur Lyon Cross Papers, 1897-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Freer, Charles Lang, 1854-1919. Charles Lang Freer selected papers, 1876-1931. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Freer, Charles Lang, 1854-1919. Charles Lang Freer selected papers, 1876-1931. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn League for Progress in Architecture records, 1937-1939. George Washington University
creatorOf Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. Letter, 1910 Apr. 27, Cambridge, Mass., to Charles Moore [Detroit?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Letters to Dora Neill Raymond, 1923-1942. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Letters to Dora Neill Raymond, 1923-1942. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
referencedIn McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. Charles Follen McKim papers, 1838-1929 (bulk 1890-1910). Library of Congress
creatorOf Cramton, Louis C. (Louis Convers), b. 1875. Louis Convers Cramton papers, 1896-1966. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. Letter, 1906 Feb. 7, to Charles Moore, Detroit, Mich. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Charles Moore papers, 1889-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. Augustus Saint-Gaudens papers, 1891-1920. Library of Congress
creatorOf Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912. Letter, 1908 Dec. 12, to Charles Moore. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934. Papers of Cass Gilbert, 1841-1961. Library of Congress
creatorOf Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Charles Moore papers, 1914-1917. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Charles Follen McKim Papers, 1838-1929, (bulk 1890-1910) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952. Frances Benjamin Johnston papers, 1855-1956 (bulk 1890-1945). Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. Papers 1838-1930 1866-1909. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Letter, 1910 Apr. 28, Princeton, N.J., to Charles Moore [Detroit?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Letter, 1917, to the Headmistress of Abbot Academy. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Dept. of History (University of Michigan) student papers, 1930-1987 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Charles Moore papers, 1901-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Some collections of manuscripts in the library of the Maine Historical Society, 1923. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Correspondence with Paul Philippe Cret, 1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. Letter, 1902 Sept. 29, to Charles Moore. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Charles Lang Freer Papers, 1876-1931 Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
creatorOf United States. Commission of Fine Arts. Correspondence : with Paul Philippe Cret, 1928-1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Records of the Commission of Fine Arts. 1787 - 1997. Correspondence and Other Records Relating to Projects, Public Buildings, and Grounds in the District of Columbia
creatorOf Pan American Union. Correspondence with Paul Philippe Cret, 1926-1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Daniel Chester French Papers, circa 1848-1968, (bulk 1911-1945) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Claude Halstead Van Tyne papers, 1885-1930 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf United States. Commission of Fine Arts. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Elihu Root, New York, 1922 Sept. 11. George Washington University
referencedIn Cass Gilbert Papers, 1841-1961, (bulk 1886-1934) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Louis C. Cramton Papers, ca. 1865-1966, 1916-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Moore, Charles H., b. 1859. Moore, Charles H., Reminiscences, 1932-1933 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Spring Rice, Cecil, Sir, 1859-1918. Sir Cecil Spring Rice papers, 1897-1918. Library of Congress
creatorOf McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. Letter, 1902 June 27, to Charles Moore. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Bennett, Wells Ira, 1888-. Wells I. Bennett papers, 1916-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955. Papers of Herbert Putnam, 1783-1958 (bulk 1899-1939). Library of Congress
referencedIn Frances Benjamin Johnston Papers, 1855-1956, (bulk 1890-1945) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Charles Moore Papers, 1848-1944, (bulk 1900-1937) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Wells Ira Bennett Papers, 1916-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Papers of Charles Moore, 1858-1944 (bulk 1900-1937). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Becker, Carl L. (Carl Lotus), 1873-1945. person
associatedWith Bennett, Wells Ira, 1888- person
associatedWith Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912. person
associatedWith Burton, Richard, 1861-1940. person
associatedWith Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945. person
associatedWith Charles Moore person
correspondedWith Charnwood, Dorothea Mary Roby Benson, Baroness, 1876-1942 person
associatedWith Charnwood, Dorothea Mary Roby Thorpe, Baroness, 1876- person
associatedWith Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, Baron, 1864-1945. person
associatedWith Cheatham, Kitty, 1864?-1946. person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Frances Folsom, 1864-1947 person
associatedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. person
associatedWith Columbia Broadcasting System, inc. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Coolidge, Grace Goodhue, 1879-1957 person
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associatedWith Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1873-1940 person
associatedWith Delano, Frederic Adrian, 1863-1953. person
associatedWith Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929. person
associatedWith Detroit Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Dole, Nathan Haskell, 1852-1935. person
associatedWith Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. person
associatedWith Fairbanks, Avard T. (Avard Tennyson), 1897-1987. person
associatedWith Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966. person
associatedWith Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. person
associatedWith Frank H. Bacon person
associatedWith Freer, Charles Lang, 1854-1919. person
associatedWith French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931. person
associatedWith Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940. person
associatedWith Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934. person
associatedWith Godfrey Rathbone Benson, 1st baron Charnwood person
associatedWith Greene, Belle da Costa. person
associatedWith Greene, Belle da Costa. person
associatedWith Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey, 1875-1966. person
associatedWith Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964. person
correspondedWith Harding, Florence Kling, 1860-1924 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923. person
associatedWith Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901. person
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
correspondedWith Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944 person
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associatedWith Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959. person
correspondedWith Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952. person
correspondedWith Johnston, Francis Benjamin, 1864-1852 person
associatedWith Jusserand, J. J. (Jean Jules), 1855-1932. person
associatedWith Kendall, William Mitchell person
correspondedWith Kendall, William Mitchell, 1856-1914 person
associatedWith Kendall, William Mitchell, 1856-1941. person
associatedWith Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. person
associatedWith Library of Congress corporateBody
associatedWith Literary Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963. person
associatedWith McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. person
associatedWith McKinley, William, 1843-1901. person
associatedWith McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947. person
associatedWith McMillan, James, 1838-1902 person
associatedWith Melchers, Corinne. person
associatedWith Melchers, Corinne. person
associatedWith Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932. person
associatedWith Moore family. family
associatedWith National Religious Liberty Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Noyes, Theodore William, 1858-1946. person
associatedWith Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Osborne, Katherine G., d. 1943. person
associatedWith Pan American Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Parsons, William Edward, 1872-1939. person
associatedWith Phillips Academy corporateBody
associatedWith Pierpont Morgan Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Proctor, Alexander Phimister, 1862-1950 person
associatedWith Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955. person
associatedWith Putnam, Ruth, 1856-1931 person
associatedWith Raymond, Dora Neill, 1889-1961, person
associatedWith Religious Liberty Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Root, Elihu, 1845-1937. person
associatedWith Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. person
associatedWith Shrady, Henry Merwin, 1871-1922 person
correspondedWith Spring Rice, Cecil, Sir, 1859-1918. person
associatedWith Swartwout, Egerton, 1870-1943. person
correspondedWith Taft, Helen Herron, 1861-1943 person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946 person
associatedWith Taylor, Henry Osborn, 1856-1941 person
correspondedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person
associatedWith United States. Commission of Fine Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Commission on Fine Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Senate Park Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of History. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Tyne, Claude Halstead, 1869-1930 person
associatedWith Washington (D.C.). Park Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Weinman, Adolph Alexander, 1870-1952 person
associatedWith White House (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Italy
Washington (D.C.)
Europe
Michigan--Detroit
Anderson County (Tex.)
United States
United States
Palestine (Tex.)
Texas--Anderson County
Washington (D.C.)
Nacogdoches (Tex.)
Washington (D.C.)
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Sculpture
Artists
City planning--Washington (D.C.)
Art--Management
Monuments and memorials
Museum Directors
Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
Frontier and pioneer life
Arts
Architecture
Architecture--Conservation and restoration
Indians of North America
Parks--Design and construction
Architecture--Conservation and restoration--Washington (D.C.)
Landscape architecture
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Ku Klux Klan
Painting
Parks--Washington (D.C.)--Design and construction
Landscape architecture--Washington (D.C.)
Architecture--United States
Travel
Architects
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Authors
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